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Come On Dover! Dress Destination with Studio 8 London

Summer is always full of exciting events and engagements. Weddings, parties and race meets mean your occasion wear will be working overtime. Studio 8 London is my go to for gorgeous plus size dresses for pretty much ever occasion, and a couple of weeks ago they were kind enough to take me and Emma Smyth (of Terrible Tumbles) for a super luxurious day of racing, delicious food and general fanciness at Ascot.

Black Suedette Wedges - Primark

Em and I were the plus size style bloggers representing Studio 8, while some other wonderful women represented Phase Eight (the straight size sister brand). We spent the day in a box drinking bubbles and wine, eating the most delicious food and betting (rather unsuccessfully in my case) on the horses. Honestly I've can't remember the last time I felt quite so swish!

We all got to pick our outfits from the impressive Studio 8 and Phase Eight collections - I have to admit I was totally spoilt for choice because there honestly are so many different styles to choose from. It was great to see how many different looks we were all sporting! I decided I wanted a classic look, so I went for the Iris dress. The bold Polkadot dress is tres chic, but also flirty and cute. I paired it with the blush Leanne jacket. The iris fits me pretty well in a size 24. It probably could have been a smidge smaller, but I think the 22 would have been too tight. This meant it was a really comfortable wear, and perfect considering the ridiculous amount of eating we did. The jacket is a size 22 and also a good fit, which is impressive as I have pretty meaty arms. I love that both pieces will work well when paired with other items - for completely different looks.

I like the combination of the monochrome with the blush - the jacket worked perfectly with my big blush coloured bow from Asos. The big mesh bow took a rather grown up outfit and added a bit of cute whimsy to it. Which I love. I was so pleased with this purchase as I find fascinators and hats so expensive but this was a bargain at £8. I added some black ankles strap wedges from Primark (in my opinion they're the only heeled option for the races - otherwise you end up sinking into the grass) and my nude clutch, from Phase Eight.

The gorgeous Em looked like a dream in her Jennifer dress. It was absolute perfection with her colouring, and a really great length on her (Em is 6') so a good option for taller lasses. She is a truly wonderful human being - absolutely hilarious, super down to earth, a little bit filthy and a lot gorgeous and stylish. Basically - perfect company! You can check out her account of our day and review of her outfit here.

We had such a wonderful day, and I felt so lovely in my outfit. Really, if you're looking for something special and something that's going to look classic season after season, I really would recommend you check out Studio 8. They have some truly stunning pieces in at the moment, and their cuts and fabrics are spot on!

What events have you got coming up for summer? Do you know what you'll be wearing? I'd love to hear from you. Let me know...

A big thank you to the lovely Marlene Lee, who took all the pictures and was a total honey

**This post features gifted items or sponsored content**


  1. I absolutely love this look on you, the polka dots and the blush work so well together! You and Em look so good, I bet it was fab hanging out all day. The photos are so lush too!

    1. We had a wonderful day, thank you. So much fun!

  2. Wow! How amazing do you both look! I love both dresses and would find it hard to choose between them! You look like you both had a most wonderful time xz

  3. I didn't know this brand, it's so nice!
    I love so much polka-dots!



    1. It's a great hidden gem! Go check them out!

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